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Driving Laws and Regulations in Denmark

Basic Driving Laws

1. Important Basics

Note that in Denmark, you drive on the right side of the road, and always with your lights on. Road signs use standard international symbols and sometimes include Danish phrases. 1 kilometer equals 0.6 miles.

2. Speed Limits

The speed limits in Denmark are as follows: 50 km/h in towns, 80 km/h on open roads, and usually 110 km/h on the highway (some parts allow 130 km/h with posted signs).

3. Safety Regulations

Remember to keep your headlights on at all times, it’s a must in Denmark. Seat belts must be worn at all times. And, make sure to carry a warning triangle in your car.

4. Alcohol

The legal limit for alcohol in your blood is 0.5 promille in Denmark – strictly enforced, especially around Copenhagen. Anything higher than 0.5 will attract stiff punishment. Just don’t drink and drive.

5. Documents for Driving

You may be asked for a driver’s license, passport, and vehicle papers. Many places recommend getting an international drivers license in Denmark, but your regular driver’s license from home should be fine, too. International licenses are not needed for residents of EU countries, USA, Canada or Australia

6. Emergency Assistance

If you get into an accident or require other emergency services, call 112 nationwide to reach the Danish police, fire department, and ambulance.

Mobile Phones and Driving

The use of mobile phones while driving is strictly prohibited while driving. Use of the phone hands-free is permitted. However, the handsfree system must be built in to the car. A headset is not considered to be a hands-free system


Denmark does not have any toll roads. However, foreign drivers should be aware that there are 2 bridges which require a very expensive toll. The first is Storebelt Bridge (Storebælt Bro) which lies between the island of Zealand (Sjælland) and Fyn (Fyn). The cost of a one way crossing is 215 Kr. The second is Oresund Bridge (Øresundsbroen) which is the bridge between Denmark and Sweden. The cost of a one way crossing here is 260 Kr.


You should be aware that any person who has been caught breaking a driving rule in Denmark may be asked to pay on-the-spot fines.

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